Here's something that you already know: Batman: The Animated Series is arguably the single best representation of Batman in the Dark Knight's 75-year history. It boiled down the character to his essentials, creating a beautiful and thrilling version of Batman that was acessible to fans of all ages and still holds up as a high point over twenty years later. Now here's something you might not know: The comic book that was created to go along with the show, The Batman Adventures, was every bit as good as the show.
This week, DC Comics released a collection of the first ten issues by Kelly Puckett, Mike Parobeck, Ty Templeton, Brad Rader, Martin Pasko and Rick Burchett, and that means this is a great time to talk about how that comic is about as close to being perfect, and how it's essential for anyone who wants to read some of the greatest Batman comics ever printed -- including the single best Riddler story ever.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
Okay, so there's good news and bad news. The good news is that ComiXology is having a massive sale on Batman comics, and has knocked a bunch of them down to 99¢ each, which means that you can grab some great stories on the cheap. The bad news? Since this whole thing is in honor of Batman's 75th anniversary, they've put 750 comics on sale, plus a handful of graphic novel collections. All things considered, that's a pretty good problem to have, but still, that can be pretty overwhelming.
Fortunately, we're here to help. As the World's Foremost Batmanologist, I've sifted through the sale to bring you safe bets for what you should be grabbing during the sale. Assuming you've got the obvious ones -- like The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One and the recent runs by Morrison, Snyder, and Capullo -- here's what to grab next!
As much as I love Batman, and I think the record will show that I love Batman a whole heck of a lot, I haven't really been looking forward to sitting down and cracking open the new Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years hardcover. Last year's Superman anniversary hardcover was a disaster of revisionist history, 300 pages that would have you believe that one of the world's greatest superheroes did nothing for seven and a half decades but cry. With that in mind, I had no idea what DC Comics was going to do with Batman. If you'd asked me to bet on it, I would've put good money on a prediction that they'd craft a narrative that acknowledged Batman only as a scowling vigilante, consumed with vengeance and every bit as crazy as the villains he fought.
But it turns out I didn't have to worry. The Batman hardcover is exactly what it says it is -- a celebration of Batman across different eras, with a roster of stories that highlights one of the character's true strengths: How well he works across different kinds of stories.
With apologies to Batman, The Question is my favorite DC character. Originally created by Steve Ditko for Charlton Comics, the Question, a.k.a Vic Sage, started off as a determined investigative journalist by day and a ruthless crime fighter by night, his roots lying in the same philosophy of Objectivism that Ditko himself is an ardent supporter of. In the 1980s, DC Comics acquired the rights to the character and quickly incorporated him into the DC Universe, where Denny O'Neil and Denys Cowan would team up for a celebrated run on a monthly series starring the faceless vigilante that would see him adopt a Zen mindset. The character would take on a few more personae over the years: Rick Veitch and Tommy Lee Edwards' under appreciated miniseries painted him as an urban warrior/shaman, the Justice League Unlimited cartoon portrayed him as a paranoid and aggressive detective who served as the team's conscience, and in DC Comics' year long weekly series 52, Sage would die, passing down the identity of The Question to Renee Montoya. Currently in the publisher's New 52 initiative, he's been re-imagined as one of the three greatest sinners in Earth's history.
Various creators have offered their take on The Question over the years, and each interpretation has been unique. But what's caused his evolution over the years? In a new 12 minute documentary, Gary Lobstein sits down with creators who have worked on the character -- O'Neill, Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett and Jeffrey Combs -- and asks: Who is The Question? It's an interesting discussion, and you can check it out below.
While the rest of DC's line is occupied with building the universe of the New 52, the Batman: The Brave and the Bold comic -- a tie-in to the animated series of the same name -- has been quietly giving readers some of the best and most fun team-up stories of all time. And this week, in Brave and th
Given how easy it is to post pictures on the Internet -- even pictures that aren't of adorable cats --- new webcomics are cropping up all the time. A new webcomic produced by two established, incredibly talented comics creators, however? That doesn't happen every day.
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